Glenn & Cam
Glenn opened the doors to Junction Orthodontics 6years ago. As a fledgling part time practice the plan was to allow “organic growth” to dictate where we were headed and it was only a short time into the venture when it was realised that more hands were required.
Fortunately, friend and colleague, Cam was completing his specialist training around this time and the rest is history. Today we have practices in Noosa and Nambour which service the Northern end of the Sunshine Coast and beyond. The word “serendipity” sums up our evolution perfectly.
Why Choose Us?
We have chosen to have practices that focus on quality in the service we provide from the front desk to the dental chair and beyond, quality in the experience our patients and supporting families receive and quality in the end product that we provide. It is not a contrived focus-we both have similar ideals and values about the way we run our practices.
It’s not just about fitting braces and straightening teeth. The orthodontic journey can run for several years or several months. We like to get to know you and yours, we like to put sufficient time aside to discuss anything and everything, we like to have the time to do what we need to do without feeling rushed and because we are control freaks, we do the work-no delegation of duties, you get the specialist orthodontist doing the orthodontics from whoa to go.
At the end of the day, work needs to be enjoyable otherwise it is just a job. Patient satisfaction and the interpersonal interactions between patients, parents, staff and us make for a very pleasant working environment. We all feel good about turning up for work, even on a Monday. We hope that our patients feel similarly about their experiences with us.
What Is An Orthodontist?
Firstly, all dentists are legally allowed to offer orthodontic treatment as part of running a general dental practice. Secondly, all orthodontist have trained as dentists.
The difference between a dentist and an orthodontist is that to be a registered dental specialist such as an orthodontist, you need to have completed a 3 year full time post graduate degree from an accredited dental school beyond the 5 years of training that was required to be a dentist. During this extra 3 years, the orthodontist-in-training completes over 6000 hours of theoretical and clinical training, completes a thesis of unimaginable torture and sits rigorous examinations to determine competency.
You can go to the dentist for braces or Invisalign or you can see the experts. If you are not certain of someone’s qualifications, ask them. You can also check on the APRHA website which is the official board for dental registrations.
Finally, there is a distinction between orthodontists and orthodontics. Those who do not have specialist orthodontic qualification and registration with APRHA cannot call themselves orthodontists. This is a very gray area for patients who assume that anyone who offers braces is an orthodontist and therefore suitably trained to provide a superior service.
The images below demonstrate the plethora of short courses offered to general dentists. It is inconceivable that 1 or 2 day courses are going to provide sufficient knowledge to equip dentists to differentiate between “simple” and complex cases or the skills to deal with things when treatment is not going to plan.